The Spanish FA have given Barcelona the green light to make an emergency signing to replace striker Ousmane Dembele. Martin Braithwaite is said to be a potential replacement.
Barcelona announced that Ousmane Dembele would be out for 6 months following his surgery for his injured hamstring.
The Spanish FA have granted Barcelona permission to make the emergency signing after Barca made a submission last week to La Liga’s medical committee who came through and confirmed that Dembele’s injury was a ‘long term lay-off’ which allows the club to make an emergency signing outside the already closed transfer window period.
They now have 15 days to sign a striker who is already currently in Spain’s top division or is a free agent. The new signing will, however, have his participation with the team restricted as he will only be able to compete in La Liga games. and not be available of Champions League selection.
Martin Braithwaite has been tipped as the potential replacement for Dembele. Although having a very dismal 2-year stint at Middlesbrough only scoring 9 goals in his 40 appearances there, the Danish forward has since shined after moving to Leganes on loan.
With Carles Perez and Abel Ruiz having left Barca at the end of the January transfer window, Barcelona manager Quique Setien has been hard-pressed for strikers with only Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Ansu Fati as his only available forwards.